Putin’s right-hand man Sergey Lavrov outraged

Written by Henrik Rothen

Nov.09 - 2023 7:19 AM CET

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Putin’s right-hand man Sergey Lavrov outraged.

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Accusations against the Western world have been frequent from the Russian Foreign Minister.

Since Russia attacked Ukraine, Sergey Lavrov has scarcely managed to speak without accusing the West of one thing or another.

Above all, it has been about the USA and NATO allegedly escalating a tense security situation which more or less forced Russia to invade its neighboring country.

"We initiated a military special operation because it was the only way to explain to the West that it was criminal to involve Ukraine in NATO," he said, for example, in an interview with the BBC last year.

The war has not only triggered a colossal humanitarian crisis with thousands of civilian casualties but has also sparked an economic crisis sending shockwaves across the globe.

Once again

On Wednesday, it was time once again.

This time, Lavrov claims that the West is "provoking crises" in the global oil and gas market, reports Reuters.

He refers, among other things, to the Western boycott of Russian energy following Vladimir Putin's initiation of his war in Europe.

"A serious blow to global energy security," Lavrov claims in a TV interview according to the news agency.

"A grave mistake"

According to Lavrov, the explosion of the Nord Stream pipelines last year deprived Europe of cheap gas and made it more dependent on expensive imports from the USA.

He says that the Americans continue to buy, for example, uranium from Russia while pressuring the EU to abandon "all things Russian."

"The USA is destroying its European subordinates while creating opportunities to earn more for its military industry," he states.

The comments are in line with Moscow's longstanding narrative that sanctions against Russia have been an "own goal" and that the West made a "grave mistake" in rejecting Russian energy, writes Reuters.

"Forcing Other Countries"

The Russian Foreign Minister also claims that the West is behind the gas crisis by accelerating the process of switching to more environmentally friendly alternatives, thereby pressuring other countries to do the same.

"The fact is that the causes of the negative phenomena in the energy sector were the irresponsible actions of the collective Western world," says Sergey Lavrov.

"When the West decided to force the green transition upon themselves and impose the same green transition on other countries, despite them not being economically ready."